Today is Wednesday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2015 with 92 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include Persian poet Rumi in 1207; chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. in 1861; German physicist Hans Geiger, co-inventor of the Geiger counter, in 1882; film director Lewis Milestone ("All Quiet on the Western Front") in 1895; singer Kenny Baker in 1912; drummer Buddy Rich in 1917; novelist Truman Capote in 1924; baseball Hall of Fame member Robin Roberts in 1926; actor Deborah Kerr in 1921; actor Angie Dickinson in 1931 (age 84); Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel in 1928 (age 87); singer Johnny Mathis in 1935 (age 80); singer Frankie Lymon in 1942; singer Marilyn McCoo in 1943 (age 72); actor Len Cariou in 1939 (age 76); actor Victoria Tennant in 1950 (age 65); rock singer Marc Bolan in 1947; actor Jack Wild in 1952; actor Fran Drescher in 1957 (age 58); actor Eric Stoltz in 1961 (age 54); actor Crystal Bernard in 1961 (age 54); actor Jenna Elfman in 1971 (age 44); tennis star Martina Hingis in 1980 (age 35).
On this date in history:
In 1630, John Billington, one of the first pilgrims to land in America, was hanged for murder -- the first European criminal executed in the American colonies.
In 1846, a dentist in Charleston, Mass., extracted a tooth with the aid of an anesthetic -- ether. It was the first time an anesthetic had been used.
In 1927, Babe Ruth set a Major League Baseball record with his 60th home run of the season. (The mark would stand for 34 years.)
In 1938, Germany, France, Britain and Italy met in Munich, Germany, for a conference after which British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain predicted "peace for our time." (World War II began less than one year later.)
In 1946, verdicts were handed down in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Twelve Nazi leaders were sentenced to death by hanging.
In 1954, the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy, under the command of Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson.
In 1955, movie idol James Dean died in a car crash at age 24.
In 1962, James H. Meredith, an African-American, was escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. marshals, setting off a riot in which two men died before violence was quelled by more than 3,000 soldiers. (Meredith enrolled the next day.)
In 1992, the United States returned most of the Subic Bay Naval Base to the Philippine government after more than a century of use.
In 2008, thousands of worshipers making their way through a narrow passage to a Hindu temple in India for a religious festival broke into a stampede when a wall collapsed. Police put the death toll at 224 with more than 100 people injured.
In 2009, back-to-back earthquakes and mudslides hit Sumatra in Indonesia, leaving an official death toll of close to 1,200 and smashing thousands of homes.
In 2011, a missile from an American drone aircraft strike over Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic cleric linked to several high-profile terrorist incidents in the United States and subject of a two-year manhunt.
In 2013, another wave of car bombings in Iraq killed at least 51 people and injured 140. Officials said relentless violence in the country caused nearly 1,000 deaths in September.
In 2014, U.S. Secret Service chief Julia Pierson told a U.S. House committee there would be a full review of the agency in the wake of an incident in which a man jumped a fence, got past security officers and entered the White House. (Pierson resigned the day after her House appearance.)
A thought for the day: "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are." -- John Wooden